Mark Shuttleworth: Big challenges for the Free Software Community
The “character” I like most about the free software community is that it is not afraid of setting itself audacious goals. I like that in a person, especially when combined with a cunning plan, good ethics and a capacity for work, and if you think of the free software community as a gaia-like “living creature” it very much has those same traits.
As a community, we’ve done amazingly well in terms of challenging the historical epicenter of computing - the supercomputer and data center - and driving change there. Linux now represents a healthy and growing share of infrastructure in large organisations globally. Apache and other infrastructural components have established the new de facto standard for software in the back office: freedom. It would be easy to declare victory.
But, as anybody who flies in the backseat of a military plane to land on a carrier and declare victory will tell you, it would be premature.
The real challenge lies ahead.